Italy's Giorgio Chiellini displays his shoulder showing apparent teeth marks after colliding with the mouth of Uruguay's Luis Suarez during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Uruguay at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Holyfield weighs in on World Cup bite

NATAL, Brazil (AP) — It was inevitable: Evander Holyfield has weighed in on Luis Suarez’s bite. Television replays appeared to show the Uruguay striker digging his teeth into the shoulder of Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini late […]


A fan with the colors of the Japanese flag painted on his face reacts as he looks at a smartphone photo before the group C World Cup soccer match between Japan and Colombia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

BRAZIL BEAT: Japan fans wave blue garbage bags

CUIABA, Brazil (AP) — Forget banners. Many Japanese fans were waving bright blue garbage bags at the group stage finale against Colombia. The Japanese have touched spectators around the world by cleaning up their trash […]


Uruguay's Luis Suarez reacts while sitting on the pitch during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Uruguay at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Biting off trouble: Suarez in World Cup spotlight

NATAL, Brazil (AP) — Uruguay striker Luis Suarez could once again be in trouble and facing a long ban after appearing to bite an Italian opponent Tuesday in a key World Cup group game. The […]


Spain's Cesc Fabregas leaves the field after the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and Spain at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014.  Spain won the match 3-0.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

BRAZIL BEAT: Spain’s team plane hit by lightning

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After being unceremoniously booted from World Cup competition, Spain’s national team had a tough ride home when the plane most players were traveling in was hit by lightning just before […]


United States' Clint Dempsey celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side's second goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Portugal at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)

FIFA hails ‘milestone’ ESPN rating for US-Portugal

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA has hailed the TV rating in the United States for the World Cup match between the Americans and Portugal as a milestone for the sport. The 24.7 million television […]


German national soccer players Tonis Kroos, from left, Miroslav Klose, head coach Joachim Loew and captain Philipp Lahm challenge for the ball during a training session in Santo Andre near Porto Seguro, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. Germany play in group G of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

No deal to draw, say Germany and US before game

PORTO SEGURO, Brazil (AP) — There won’t be friendly phone calls, there won’t be any dirty deals. That’s the promise from both sides ahead of Germany’s final Group G match against the United States. A […]


Mexico's Andres Guardado celebrates with teammates after Mexico's Rafael Marquez  scored his team's first goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

4 arrested in celebrations of Mexico World Cup win

HUNTINGTON PARK, Calif. (AP) — Police say four people were arrested in the Los Angeles area after celebrations of Mexico’s advancement into the next round of soccer’s World Cup grew rowdy and poured into streets. […]


England's Raheem Sterling runs into Uruguay's Alvaro Pereira with his knee during the group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and England at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. Pereira was knocked out by the blow.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

World Cup focuses minds on concussion management

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Felled by an opponent’s knee to the head as they both chased the ball, a player is seemingly out cold on a World Cup pitch. The clock is ticking. Millions […]


England's manager Roy Hodgson, center, speaks to defenders Glen John, left, and Phil Jagielka away from the rest of the squad during an official training session the day before the group D World Cup soccer match between Costa Rica and England at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

BRAZIL BEAT: Eliminated England reveals team early

BELO HORIZONTE (AP) — Rarely before at the World Cup has a coach revealed his team in public the day before a match. With nothing to play for, England coach Roy Hodgson did just that […]


US soccer fans react to Portugal's tie-goal near the end of the game as they watch the game between US and Portugal in Richmond, Va., on Sunday, June 22, 2014.   (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Daniel Sangjib Min)

Portugal match sets viewership marks in US

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States’ 2-2 World Cup draw with Portugal is a key moment for soccer, ranking as the most-watched non-football telecast in ESPN history. The Nielsen company said an average of […]


A Chile soccer fans jokes around with Dutch soccer fans at a subway station on their way to the World Cup group B match between Chile and the Netherlands at the Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. Both teams having already qualified for the round of 16, Monday's match will decide which of them wins Group B. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

BRAZIL BEAT: For Chile, Dutch fans, fearing Brazil

SAO PAULO (AP) — Fans sporting Chile’s red and the Netherlands’ orange streamed into Itaquerao Stadium on Monday. But it was another color they had on their minds: yellow. With both teams having already comfortably […]


In this Oct. 20, 2013, file photo, United States goalkeeper Hope Solo pauses on the field during the second half of an international friendly women's soccer match against Australia in San Antonio. Police say Solo has been arrested early Saturday, June 21, 2014, at a suburban Seattle home for assaulting her sister and nephew. (AP Photo/Darren Abate, File)

Lawyer: Hope Solo did not assault sister, nephew

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. women’s soccer star goalkeeper Hope Solo was arrested at a suburban Seattle home early Saturday on suspicion of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew, but her attorney insisted that Solo herself […]